Our Backyard Raised Vegetable Garden

Did you know when you move to a new home, it’s best to wait about a year before you plan where to put your garden? Yep!  It’s true.  Lots of garden experts recommend waiting, if you can.  😉 Think about it for a minute.  You need to make sure your garden gets enough sun, right? Because the sun’s patterns change daily and seasonally, you need to be certain the area you choose for your garden plot will have the right amount of sun. I waited 9 months.   It about killed me… Fortunately, I did some container gardening on my … Continue reading

I’m Still Here!

Wow! I can’t believe it has been so long since I’ve blogged. If you follow me on Facebook, you know I’m still alive. 😀 Here’s What I’ve Been Doing We took a trip to Northern California to visit family and do the touristy thing in San Francisco. We all had a great time! I made applesauce and cider from about 50 lbs of the 100 lbs of apples I picked in the fall.  The rest of them are in cold storage and I plan on making more applesauce very soon. My husband built me 6 more garden boxes for next … Continue reading

Turning a Flowerbed into a Vegetable Garden, Part 2: Healthy Soil Makes Healthy Plants

You probably have heard the phrase, “You are what you eat,” but I would like to take that a step further and ask you to consider the phrase, “You are what you eat eats.”  Generally, we humans eat plants and animals, and the animals we eat eat plants.  So what do the plants eat?  They eat what’s in the soil.  So it’s extremely important to spend a considerable amount of time deciding if the soil in our gardens have enough good nutrients for the plants to eat.  That’s what I want you think about for a bit because, in my … Continue reading

Turning a Flowerbed into a Vegetable Garden, Part One

I’ve been a little busy the last couple of weeks.  When the weather is good in the Pacific Northwest we go outside, and that is where I went.  One of my goals this year is to transform my backyard flowerbed into a vegetable garden.  My backyard flowerbed is nicely sized and should make a very nice garden, but it is terribly overgrown with buttercups, weeds, out-of-control ajuga and lemon balm, wild salmon and black berry bushes.  Due to a foot problem that I had for about five years and having to work part-time for almost 3 years to pay for … Continue reading